Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the RSPCA, as a private organisation, is able to bring prosecutions but is not subject to independent inspection or Freedom of Information requests.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The RSPCA is able to bring prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 because that particular piece of legislation allows anyone to do so, even private individuals, if they have the necessary evidence to do so. The RSPCA is not a public authority and so is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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